Nicola Rizzoli, ‘The mind in the ball’ on Dazn

Nicola Rizzoli tells the role of the referee in the new season of “The mind in the balloon“. Federica Zille brings the story of Toni Harris, the young American football player who was able to challenge prejudices

NICOLA RIZZOLI – THE MIND IN THE BALL 4

The fourth season of “The Mind in the Balloon“, Original format branded DAZN which investigates in depth with the help of experts, mental coaches and athletes, the relationship between mind and sports performance. Protagonist of the new series Nicola Rizzoli, an internationally renowned referee with an unprecedented career behind him. Among others, he refereed the 2014 World Cup final, a Champions League final and a Europa League final, as well as being awarded the best referee on the planet for several seasons before becoming a referee manager. With him DAZN brings the fan inside the head of a referee to discover what lies at the basis of the decision-making process, a mechanism which he defines as “instinctive, but based on an instinct built with logic”. The first of the 6 episodes scheduled between now and the end of April will be available on DAZN on Saturday 3 April.

THE RULES

“A rule to be done well must first of all be respectable. If the rules can be applied, then it is easy to interpret them.”

THE GAME DYNAMICS

“When a person plays football he is convinced that he is always wronged”.

ON BEING A GOOD REFEREE

“I am personally very convinced that to become a good referee you have to know how to play football, you have to know football, not only from a tactical point of view, but from a game dynamics”.

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ROLE

“Decision-making power is a very strong word, which if looked at in the wrong perspective looks like a person of power who wants to impose some decision. In reality, decision-making power is nothing more than a duty, something that must lead you to decide”.

“The decision-making duty is the result of a great preparation and a great knowledge. The result of walking arm in arm between knowledge of the rules and knowledge of sport and therefore the application and applicability of these rules. We are a service to football, we are not people who have power “.

“The referee must not direct the game, he must make the most correct decision and it is not always easy”.

DAZN, FEDERICA ZILLE TELLS TONI HARRIS

American football has always been considered a “men’s” sport, where physical strength, endurance and speed are key elements of the game. Then there are women who instead do not see them as a limit, women who challenge stereotypes and overturn that pre-established order to change things. Like Toni Harris and her dream: to become the first woman to play in the NFL. After falling in love with this sport at the age of 5, Toni does not give up the ball, although she has often been told that the football field was not the right place for a woman. But “if you want a chance you have to be so strong that you can’t be ignored.” This is the philosophy of the girl behind which the spirit of a warrior is hidden. Don’t miss the episode, on DAZN from Friday 2 April!

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